Google destroys unauthorised NZ data

Unauthorised data collected from New Zealand wi-fi networks by Google Street View cars have finally been destroyed, the Privacy Commissioner has confirmed.

Google had initially said that data was destroyed in early 2011, but later informed agencies that a disk containing New Zealand and Australian data had been missed.

"We're pleased to see the certificate from an independent agency verifying the irretrievable destruction of the New Zealand data," says Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff.

In 2010 it was revealed that the search engine giant had collected packets of information transferred across wi-fi while mapping streets in New Zealand and globally. Google uses wifi SSID's to improve the accuracy of its Google Maps platform.

In December of that year the Privacy Commissioner found that Google breached New Zealand privacy laws, and ordered the destruction of the data.

Wireless router users wanting to opt out of having their wifi point mapped can add the tag "_nomap" to their SSIDs.

Tags Googlesecurity

Comments

Comments are now closed

CSO Corporate Partners
  • f5
  • Webroot
  • Trend Micro
  • NetIQ
rhs_login_lockGet exclusive access to CSO, invitation only events, reports & analysis.
CSO Directory

Custom Defence against targeted attacks

Deep Discovery is uniquely designed for threat detection, real-time intelligence, adaptive protection, and rapid response to combat targeted attacks and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs).

Security Awareness Tip
Security ABC Guides

Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.